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Instructions for a sitter

Tori is going to be with a sitter all next week while we're in NY. I'm creating an instruction sheet to go with her and I want to be sure I include all the important things a sitter should know. Would you all be so kind to give suggestions as to what you'd include?

I'm thinking there was something like this that's already been posted but, I'll be darned if I could find it when I searched

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Emergency contact numbers (vet, friend who can take Tori if something goes wrong), cash for any extra things that Tori might need, Tori's command words (Off, sit, whatever). And of course the regulars such as meal times, amounts to feed - including treats, etc. I would also explain grooming really well unless you don't think they will need to do anything at all... I'm not sure how short Tori's coat is. If your friends don't know Tori really well, I'd also explain quirks about her. Kubrick, for example, backs up really fast sometimes when you bend down to pet him and he's not doing it because he's afraid (people ALWAYS think that) but rather to be playful.

Also, are you going to be in the city? Maybe you can meet Kubrick, though he'll probably make me look bad as he's not AT ALL a CGC dog!


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Emergency contact numbers (vet, friend who can take Tori if something goes wrong), cash for any extra things that Tori might need, Tori's command words (Off, sit, whatever). And of course the regulars such as meal times, amounts to feed - including treats, etc. I would also explain grooming really well unless you don't think they will need to do anything at all... I'm not sure how short Tori's coat is. If your friends don't know Tori really well, I'd also explain quirks about her. Kubrick, for example, backs up really fast sometimes when you bend down to pet him and he's not doing it because he's afraid (people ALWAYS think that) but rather to be playful.

Also, are you going to be in the city? Maybe you can meet Kubrick, though he'll probably make me look bad as he's not AT ALL a CGC dog!
Thanks for your input, Lina. I hadn't thought about leaving any $, good idea!

Unfortunately, we'll be about 3.5-4 hrs. from NYC I'm sad to be "so close yet, still so far away". I'd love to meet you and Kubrick in person. Maybe next time?

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Leslie, of course! If you're ever in the in city just let me know.


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Sleeping arrangements-- crate, bed, floor. what treats or key words get her to come when she is being a havabrat (for us the word "treat" or the sound of the treat tin) brings them running)

I always give a dollar amount they can spend at Vets without/before calling us. (of course then I qualify-- unless it is an emergency)

I would also let your sitter know if there are any things Tori does that could cause someone who does not her alarm, for instance if she sometimes coughs after drinking water. Or makes puppy noises in her sleep....

And of course I leave 10 pages on feeding and treats...LOL.

Have a nice trip. Is this your first time leaving her? just wait til you come home...the greeting after you have been away is amazing.




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Make sure to leave not only your vet's name and number, but the office hours as well. Also leave the number and address of the nearest animal emergency clinic in case anything happens during the hours your vet is closed.

Of course a list with the location of items is good too if the sitter is staying in your home. I left directions for the tv, the thermostat, trash day etc...(the leashes are hanging by the door etc...it's easy to forget these folks don't know where we keep things.) I try to leave most things in a central spot so they can get to everything, but it's good to kind of go through the list in your mind and check.

I leave a list with their daily routine. I don't know if that would be helpful if it's someone just stopping by a few times a day.

I was thinking about this the last time we left...we should get together and create a fill in the blank form that we can all use and modify to fit our personal needs.

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Specify treats. My mother-in-law would babysit my two Maltese and couldn't resist feeding them treats constantly.
I'd come back and they'd be fat and spoiled rotten!
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Thank you all! You're suggestions are great. I'm fortunate it's my daughter and her family who are taking care of her, so they do know her pretty well. However, Tori does have her little "quirks". They have never been totally responsible for all of her needs, so I have to spell it all out for them.

Shelly~ I like your idea of creating a form of some kind.

And can I tell you how much I appreciate Sally (mintchip)? She PM'd me w/the link to the thread I was searching for that had so much of this info already in it! I'll post it here for anyone else who'd like to read through it.

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Leslie, you sure could have left her with me. I'm glad though that she knows your family and will feel comfortable. And, I'm glad you don't have to pay a sitter!! They can certainly call me for anything!
It sounds like you've got it all covered! Just have a good time!
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Make sure to tell them what she CAN'T eat! My ex-MIL would give her daughter's dog Whoppers when they weren't home! They have the fattest dog I've ever seen, she'll never watch Scooter for us. When we were at the beach with her this summer we had to constantly remind her not to give him people food.

Have fun in NY!

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